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"Watching" Books or "Reading" TV? Alice In Wonderland & iPad

CJ Westerberg, April 22, 2010 9:00 PM


What Do YOU Think?
Is iPad A Good Thing Or Bad For Kids' Reading? 
See 45 sec. Video Below

We at The Daily Riff like to make connections of various happenings to education.  Best selling author Daniel Pink would call it "symphony" or something like that  . . . or you may call it certifiable.  Either way, we're okay with it.

When it came to this Apple Youtube commercial (45 sec.) below for its iPad using Alice In Wonderland, it was more of a "rift" back at the ranch, rather than a riff.  In other words, no one here readily agreed.

Youtube illustrates how kids can experience actual reading "mashed" with a video-game-like experience.

Here were essentially two different perspectives.  What do YOU think?
  • Will it help kids like reading more? 
  • Or, does it "fill in the blanks" where imagination should be?


Odds & Ends:

  • Reviews about the iPad have been mixed for various reasons, such as this one about its inferior e-ink for longer text reading compared to e-readers, most specifically Kindle, so thereby being a "reading killer", but sure Apple will resolve that "flaw" in the next iteration or two.

  • Did you know that Alice In Wonderland's author, Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodson) was a math tutor and that the story has hidden math meanings throughout?

". . .In the mid-19th century, mathematics was rapidly blossoming into what it is today: a finely honed language for describing the conceptual relations between things. Dodgson found the radical new math illogical and lacking in intellectual rigor. In "Alice," he attacked some of the new ideas as nonsense -- using a technique familiar from Euclid's proofs, reductio ad absurdum, where the validity of an idea is tested by taking its premises to their logical extreme.

Early in the story, for instance, Alice's exchange with the Caterpillar parodies the first purely symbolic system of algebra . . ."

See full article from NY Times here.  Or, for a more in-depth mathematician's perspective,
see blog post from MAA's (Mathematical Association of America) Devlin's Angle here, "The Hidden Math Behind Alice In Wonderland" (main picture credit).

Video below:



  • I really like my ipad so much, its a little awkward to type on however it doesnt matter, the other features more then make up for it.

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